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Personalities Drive News Consumption

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

University of Missouri researchers have found that news organizations should target readers with certain personality traits to optimize their online viewership. Paul Bolls, an associate professor of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism and a 2011-12 MU Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, has found that news consumers who have "reward-seeking" personalities are more likely to read their news online and on mobile devices and to engage with websites by leaving comments on stories and uploading user-generated content.

In a study accepted for presentation at the 2013 International Communication Association conference in June, Bolls surveyed more than 1,000 respondents and placed them into two groups: reward seekers and threat avoiders.

REDI, RJI Partner to Foster Media Startups Effort Emphasizes Entrepreneurship

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute is partnering with Regional Economic Development Inc. on a program to help media-related startups.

The media accelerator is intended to help media or journalism-related startups by reducing the time it takes to go from an idea to a successful launch.

BIFAD meeting focuses on agriculture research in Missouri and abroad

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) heard about University of Missouri (MU) research on Friday on subjects such as genetically-modified cassava, food contamination in the global supply chain and root biology in relation to drought. About three dozen professors, economists, students and scientists attended the public meeting at the university's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.

Survey Shows Public Supports Local Newspapers

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

A 2012 national survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri shows that people still prefer their local papers for news and information. The survey was conducted in small U.S. towns and cities where the circulation size of the local newspaper was 15,000 or less.

Of those who participated in the survey, 52 percent were daily newspaper readers and 48 percent were non-daily readers. The circulation sizes of the newspapers ranged from 309 to 14,943. Results included:

How to get a job in journalism, Spring 2013 version

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

It’s How To Get a Job week in Participatory Journalism. I hear from students all the time that they don’t get enough of this while they’re here (or that they just feel like they could always use more), so all are welcome for our two classes this week. We meet Monday and Wednesday from 12-1:15 in Lee Hills Hall, 101A.

Today, we’re going to talk about figuring out what the narrative of your work is, and how to use social media to make that clear. Then we’ll go over some basics of resumes, portfolios, cover letters and references.

Interview with adFreeq about Culture at Work

By RJI on March 26, 2013 0 Comments

Names like Craigslist and Ebay are commonly known as the big dogs of the classified ads world. But there is another system you should know about. AdFreeq is a new way of approaching the buyers and sellers connundrum, as well as consideration for publisher sites (TV/radio, newspaper, media portal, blog, and so on). Easily connecting people to the ads they are interested in real time, while integrating a simple widget onto a publishers site that looks and feels like the site. It eliminates the need to visit a dedicated site, so buyers find what they want, sellers sell their stuff, and publishers earn extra revenue.

Paper predicament

Source Global Times on March 25, 2013 0 Comments

"Chinese media firms, like other news media organizations, need to continue to explore effective ways of generating revenue streams, and they need to do so now," Zhigang Sun, associate director of research of The Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, told the Global Times Friday.

RJI research team finds where Twitter, politics intersect

By RJI on March 18, 2013 0 Comments

Associate professor of communication Mitchell McKinney’s biggest surprise in his latest research came before he even had findings — he was frustrated by the fickleness of his data-gathering tools.

“My first surprise was the vendors we were using to help us capture tweets, and the Twitter system itself crashed on the night of the first (presidential) debate,” McKinney, who is part of a team at the Reynolds Journalism Institute studying how Twitter enhances political engagement, said. “I was just amazed that the social media folks were not able to anticipate that.”

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow wants to protect content from online pirates

Source Editor & Publisher on March 15, 2013 0 Comments

As more newspapers begin to put their content behind a paywall, Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Connie Farrow, along with Missouri-based American Newspaper Digital Access Corp. (newspaperdigitalaccess.com), is developing a business model that will protect online content and return value to the newspapers.

'Brain-friendly' website design attracts more viewers

Source Mashable on March 11, 2013 0 Comments

Looking to attract more customers to your website? New research on media sites suggests that using a "brain friendly" design might do the trick.

The pros and cons of remotely covering the Mobile World Congress

Source MediaShift on March 8, 2013 0 Comments

Last year I wrote that I had "gone naked" at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year I went further — I ditched my body altogether.

70th annual ‘Pictures of the Year International’

Source Los Angeles Times on March 4, 2013 0 Comments

The winners of the 70th annual “Pictures of the Year International” awards were announced last week at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Here is a selection of the top winners in some of the categories. View the winning entries at POYi.org and the winners list.

The Commercial Appeal's photojournalism project on South Memphis wins top award

The Commercial Appeal’s photojournalism project on South Memphis entitled “What Obama Didn’t See” has won first place for picture editing in the 2013 Pictures of the Year International journalism competition.

Valuable treasure

By RJI on February 28, 2013 0 Comments

As more newspapers begin to put their content behind a paywall, Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Connie Farrow, along with Missouri-based American Newspaper Digital Access Corp. (newspaperdigitalaccess.com), is developing a business model that will protect online content and return value to the newspapers.

Star Tribune journalists win awards in Pictures of the Year International competition

By RJI on February 28, 2013 0 Comments

Three Star Tribune visual journalists won awards from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute 2012 Pictures of the Year International competition.

5 ways to engage more with your audience — in person and online

By RJI on February 18, 2013 0 Comments

We found that we got better at doing engagement with practice. As I was writing this, Poynter’s Mallary Tenore asked me when we failed. The answer is: It was always about experimenting, not failure or success.

Survey ‘Paywalls’ May Not Be as Good as They Sound for Local Media

By RJI on February 13, 2013 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, Digital First Media CEO John Paton discussed his company’s test of using Google Consumer Surveys instead of a traditional paywall to realize additional revenue. The idea is that users would pay for content with their data, rather than their cash. But while this format might potentially be more profitable than a traditional paywall for a local media company, I’m not quite sure it’s a sustainable substitute. And it might end up helping the competition.

It’s a great concept in the abstract. A user who is accessing unique content is more willing to answer a survey question than to pay. And the survey response will yield the publisher somewhere around $0.05.

Changing Media Business Models

By RJI on February 4, 2013 0 Comments

As a Print and Digital journalism major, I am constantly inundated with peoples’ thoughts on the changing state of the news industry. Listening to Stephanie Padgett speak Monday, however, made me realize that the advertising industry is experiencing many similar changes and challenges. Like news organizations, the individuals and companies that adapt to the changing landscape in advertising are the ones who will survive and thrive.

Public notices make citizens watchdogs

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

There are a number of other reasons why moving notices to government websites does not make sense.

Newspapers: Still relevant, vital and strong | Editor's Notebook

By RJI on January 22, 2013 0 Comments

“Nobody reads newspapers anymore.”

“It’s time for newspapers to go all digital.”

“Newspapers can’t remain profitable in the digital age.”

We’ve all heard those comments. Perhaps some of you reading this agree with those statements.

I’m going to step out on a limb and say of these doomsayers, “They’re wrong.”

Sure, over the last decade numerous daily newspapers have abandoned print for digital-only editions, or have closed altogether. But most of those newspapers were in cities that had more than one newspaper. Birmingham. Honolulu. Phoenix. Seattle. Los Angeles (home of the Times, the Daily News and, at one time, the Evening Express, the Herald and the Herald-Examiner).